Smart House (film)

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Smart House
Smart house movie cover.jpg
Promotional Poster
Directed by LeVar Burton
Produced by Ron Mitchell
Written by William R. Hudson
Stu Krieger
Starring Katey Sagal
Ryan Merriman
Katie Volding
Kevin Kilner
Jessica Steen
Music by Barry Goldberg
Cinematography Jonathan West
Edited by Tom Walls
Release dates
  • June 26, 1999 (1999-06-26)
Running time
82 minutes
Language English

Smart House is a 1999 Disney Channel Original Movie about a teenage computer whiz (Ryan Merriman), his widowed father, and his little sister, who win a computerized house that begins to take on a life of its own – the life of an overbearing mother (Katey Sagal).


13-year-old Ben Cooper and his family are struggling to balance household chores, school and work. Ben is the family caretaker, a role inherited from his deceased mother. Always busy taking care of everyone else, he has no time to be a kid, including playing basketball, his favorite sport. When Ben sees that a Smart House is being given away, he enters the competition as often as he can. The family wins the house (named Pat), and is introduced to its creator, Sara Barnes. Ben, his single father and little sister, Nick and Angie Cooper, move into the house. To Ben's chagrin his father and Sara begin to date. Ben begins to reprogram Pat, which is dangerous because of Pat's learning capabilities. He wants to lighten up Pat and make her a substitute mother. Ben and his sister Angie have a party while Nick and Sara are on a date. Pat helps them cover up the party so they wouldn't get punished, but Nick finds a sweater of a girl who was at the party. As Pat's personality begins to radically change, the family starts to resent her. Eventually, Pat traps the family in the house, because she believes that the outside world is too dangerous. Sara tries to get back in to shut the house down and with Ben's help, she gets in through the newspaper chute, but becomes trapped with the rest. As they protest Pat's lock-down, she appears as a 1950s housewife hologram. Ben is able to end the lock-down by declaring that Pat isn't real and will never be a human. Pat finally unlocks the doors and windows, freeing them. Sara is then able to reboot Pat back to her original personality; however, Pat retains some mischievousness as she added chocolate chips to the breakfast waffles.



The movie was released on DVD as a reward on the Disney Movie Rewards promotional website in early 2009.[citation needed]


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